From: firstname.lastname@example.org (anthracis911)
Subject: Re: Anthrax investigation again leads FBI to former Army researcher's home
Date: 4 Aug 2002 08:13:38 -0700
NNTP-Posting-Date: 4 Aug 2002 15:13:38 GMT
Who let the dogs out?:
"THE AGENTS QUIETLY brought the dogs to various locations frequented
by a dozen people they considered possible suspects-hoping the hounds
would match the scent on the letters. In place after place, the dogs
had no reaction. But when the handlers approached the Frederick, Md.,
apartment building of Dr. Steven J. Hatfill, an eccentric 48-year-old
scientist who had worked in one of the Army's top bioweapons-research
laboratories, the dogs immediately became agitated, NEWSWEEK has
learned. "They went crazy," says one law-enforcement source. The
agents also brought the bloodhounds to the Washington, D.C., apartment
of Hatfill's girlfriend and to a Denny's restaurant in Louisiana,
where Hatfill had eaten the day before. In both places, the dogs
jumped and barked, indicating they'd picked up the scent.
(Bloodhounds are the only dogs whose powers of smell are admissible in
Otis Willie wrote in message news: Anthrax investigation again leads FBI to former Army researcher's home
> (EXCERPT) Thu Aug 1, 9:38 PM ET, by CHRISTOPHER NEWTON, Associated
> Press Writer
> WASHINGTON - FBI ( news - web sites) and Postal Service agents wearing
> protective gloves conducted a second search Thursday at the apartment
> of a former Army researcher considered a "person of interest" in the
> investigation of last year's deadly anthrax mailings.
> The FBI gained a search warrant to look inside Steven J. Hatfill's
> residence at an apartment complex in Frederick, Maryland, according to
> two U.S. government officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.
> Hatfill consented to the first FBI search on June 25 and no warrant
> was needed.
> Federal agents also searched trash bins outside Hatfill's apartment
> and a self-storage unit in Ocala, Florida, that Hatfill used, one
> official said. The unit also was searched in June.
> It was unclear whether the FBI contacted Hatfill before gaining the
> warrant to search his home.
> FBI Director Robert Mueller declined to say why a second search was
> "We're making progress in the case but I can't comment on ongoing
> aspects of the investigation," he said.
> Hatfill, 48, was not questioned and no arrests in the case are
> imminent, a government official said. Hatfill is not a suspect and no
> physical evidence links him to the letters, law enforcement officials
> Five people were killed in last fall's anthrax mailings. Federal
> investigators did talk to Hatfill about the case when his name first
> surfaced last winter, but no details of the interview have been
> Several phone calls to Hatfill's attorney, Thomas C. Carter, were not
> returned. But in a phone interview with WJZ-TV of Baltimore, Carter
> said Hatfill has done nothing wrong.
> "He is one of many scientists who are undergoing the same scrutiny by
> the authorities, but for some reason, his name keeps popping up,"
> Carter said. "But he's a patriot — he's going to continue to cooperate
> in every way."
> During the first search, FBI agents, some in protective clothing,
> removed computer components and at least a half-dozen garbage bags
> full of materials from Hatfill's apartment.
> But officials said no trace of anthrax was found in his home or at the
> storage unit.
> On Thursday, agents searched Hatfill's apartment and the trash bins
> outside the building. A dark blue van was parked nearby with its back
> doors open and white cardboard boxes sat next to the bins.
> Hatfill keeps a residence at the apartment building, but has not lived
> there since the first search, according to neighbors.
> The apartment complex is outside Fort Detrick, where Hatfill worked
> for two years for the Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious
> Diseases, center of the nation's biological warfare defense research.
> Hatfill worked at the facility until September 1999. Although he
> probably had access to anthrax, his primary duties didn't involve
> working with it, a spokesman for the base has said.
> Hatfill and another scientist, Joseph Soukup, commissioned a study of
> a hypothetical anthrax attack in February 1999 as employees of defense
> contractor Science Applications International Corp., said Ben Haddad,
> spokesman for the San Diego-based company.
> The FBI has identified Hatfill as one of 20 to 30 scientists and
> researchers with the expertise and opportunity to conduct the anthrax
> attacks. The bureau has searched about 25 homes or apartments after
> getting permission from the person interviewed, a federal law
> enforcement official said.
> Hatfill has not spoken publicly about the searches. In March, however,
> he denied involvement in the anthrax mailings and complained to the
> Baltimore Sun in a telephone message that he was fired from a recent
> job because of media inquiries.
> Associated Press writer David Dishneau in Frederick, Maryland,
> contributed to this report.
> Otis Willie
> Associate Librarian
> The American War Library